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  • African Week opens with a concert in Brussels
    15 february 2003 13:56:00
    Brussels- Belgium (PANA) -- Several musical groups from several central African countries will participate in a concert in Brussels Saturday to mark the beginning of African Week, organised at the initiative of Belgian Foreign Minister Louis Michel. Full text...

  • Muslims in Benin celebrate Aïd el Kébir Tuesday
    11 february 2003 19:56:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Muslims in Benin celebrated Aïd El Kebir also known as "Tabaski," commemorating prophet Abraham's gesture when he was ready to sacrifice his son on The Almighty's request. Full text...

  • Sheep prices soar in Yaounde this year
    11 february 2003 19:35:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- Cameroonian Muslims who will celebrate Aid El Kebir on Wednesday must spend more money this year to buy their sheep, a survey in Yaounde's three main livestock markets showed. Full text...

  • Mozambicans mourn celebrated poet, Craveirinha
    10 february 2003 18:43:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- President Joaquim Chissano on Monday pledged that the Mozambican government will make the work of the country's greatest poet, Jose Craveirinha "a permanent source of inspiration for future generations. Full text...

  • German embassy stages charity concert in Sudan
    08 february 2003 16:05:00
    Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- The German embassy in Khartoum Saturday organised a concert to raise funds for the restoration of a famous Sudanese pyramid. Full text...

  • Gerima's Sankofa premiers in Addis Ababa
    08 february 2003 15:32:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Haile Gerima's famous film 'Sankofa,' produced by Mypheduh Films Inc, was screened here Saturday at Mina building for the first time. Full text...

  • Three ancient royal statues unearthed in northern Sudan
    19 january 2003 13:44:00
    Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- Swiss and local archaeologists have unearthed granite statues belonging to three monarchs from Sudan's Kingdom of Napata, which ruled from 900 to 400 BC. Full text...

  • Ethiopia celebrates epiphany Sunday
    19 january 2003 10:50:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Ethiopia is Sunday observing one of the country's most celebrated annual festivals called Timkat, or the epiphany. Full text...

  • Ivorian film director Henri Duparc honoured
    10 january 2003 22:06:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- The Regional Institute of Public Health of Ouidah in Benin has hosted a ceremony to pay tribute to Ivorian film director Henri Duparc. Full text...

  • World Press Photo exhibits 200 pictures in Mali
    09 january 2003 23:24:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- Mali Culture Minister and film director Cheick Oumar Sissoko inaugurated Thursday in Bamako a 200- picture exhibition organised by the World Press Photo Foundation, an independent organisation established in the Netherlands. Full text...

  • Cesaria Evora to feature in Midnight Oil's new album
    09 january 2003 15:25:00
    Praia- Cape Verde (PANA) -- Cape Verdean singer Cesaria Evora will feature in the new album "Gaie" by Australian band Midnight Oil, a source close to the artist's producer told PANA in Praia. Full text...

  • Mauritius hosts Indian Ocean cultural fiesta
    08 january 2003 22:31:00
    Port-Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- The first Indian Ocean Cultural Festival has been announced for 29 April through 4 May in Mauritius, sources affirmed Wednesday in Port Louis. Full text...

  • Reunion to make strong presence at jamboree of Indian Diaspora
    07 january 2003 20:14:00
    Saint Denis- Reunion (PANA) -- The Indian Ocean will be strongly represented at the first jamboree of the Indian Diaspora holding 9-11 January in New Delhi, Indian consul general in Saint Denis, Prabhati Lal affirmed Tuesday. Full text...

  • Critics heap scorn on 'Year of Algeria' in France
    06 january 2003 23:50:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Several voices have been raised in protest against the 'Year of Algeria' launched last 31 December in France with a mega-concert in Paris. Full text...

  • Mauritius art exhibit to denounce US war against Iraq
    06 january 2003 21:30:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- Ten of Mauritius' most famous visual artists will participate on 9 January in an exhibition to denounce a planned US war against Iraq. Full text...

  • Benin's international film festival kicks off Tuesday
    06 january 2003 21:03:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Benin kick off its first edition of an international film festival dubbed "Quintessence" on Tuesday in Ouidah, a former slave trading post located 40 km from the capital Cotonou, the organisers said Monday. Full text...

  • Film on Mali's independence struggle screened in Paris
    04 january 2003 20:07:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- "Je chanterai pour toi" (I'll sing for you), a film by French director Jacques Sarin currently being screened in Paris cinemas, depicts the initial steps to the independence of Mali, through main character Boubacar Traore alias 'Karkar'. Full text...

  • Year of Algeria starts in France with music festival
    02 january 2003 16:45:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- "Djazair, the Year of Algeria in France" has been officially launched in Paris, with several Algerian and French personalities attending the opening ceremony. Full text...

  • Ethiopian movie director organises charity show
    02 january 2003 08:46:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Leelai Demoz, Ethiopian-born film director/producer is presenting his new movie to the public Saturday at the Addis Ababa Hilton. Full text...

  • Alpha Blondy in concert on Saturday in Bamako
    27 december 2002 23:28:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- Ivorian reggae star Alpha Blondy will be on stage Saturday in Bamako, as part of an African tour marking his 20th year as a career musician. Full text...

  • Miss Gabon 2003 elected amid controversy
    23 december 2002 17:39:00
    Libreville- Gabon (PANA) -- Tatiana Ndombi, 21, was elected Miss Gabon 2003 Saturday, beating 17 other contestants in an election that proved to be unpopular with many guests that attended the beauty pageant. Full text...

  • Ahmadya Muslim community holds congress in Benin
    19 december 2002 15:59:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Over 40,000 members of the Ahmadya Muslim community from Benin, Niger and Mauritius began their 18th annual conference Thursday in Benin's central city of Toui. Full text...

  • Documentary film features Cameroon's oldest prisoner
    18 december 2002 17:18:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- A documentary film entitled "Au-delà de la peine" (Beyond the suffering) the recounting the life of the oldest convict in Cameroon is expected to appear on screen here Thursday, an official source revealed. Full text...

  • African Culture ministers to attend Belgium conference
    17 december 2002 08:38:00
    Brussels- Belgium (PANA) -- A two-day conference opens in Brussels Tuesday with some nine Culture ministers from Africa in attendance, according to a Belgian government statement issued earlier Monday. Full text...

  • Sect preachers provoke religious clash in Malawi
    16 december 2002 18:08:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- The followers of a small charismatic Christian ministry, simply called Apostles, clashed with Muslims in Blantyre's outskirts township of Machinjiri after their pastor attacked the Muslim faith. Full text...

  • Cameroonian witch doctors dabble in post-mortems
    12 december 2002 21:54:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- "The stomach of a dead person must always be opened to determine the cause of death," insists Sebastien Sabze, a specialist in "traditional autopsy" in Dschang, a locality on the western highlands of Cameroon. Full text...

  • ACP Culture Festival to be held 2004
    12 december 2002 14:26:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of countries will hold their first Culture Festival in Haiti during the summer of 2004, the ACP Secretariat in Brussels announced Thursday. Full text...

  • Bamako to host international drama festival
    11 december 2002 20:57:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- The Malian capital will 13-21 December host the 6th 'Theatre des Realites' international drama festival, the organisers indicated Wednesday in Bamako. Full text...

  • New book depicts struggle of South African Black businessmen
    11 december 2002 15:33:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africa's foremost managerial leadership development organisation, the Black Management Forum (BMF), has published an account of the battle by black executives to change an iniquitous economic system in the face of an equally treacherous political regime. Full text...

  • France supports restoration of Benin royal heritage
    08 december 2002 18:12:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- France has donated some 26 million CFA francs for the rehabilitation of the Palace of King Glele of Dahomey (now Benin), who reigned from 1858 to 1889, royal sources said Sunday. Full text...

  • Africalia takes stock of activities
    08 december 2002 12:03:00
    Brussels- Belgium (PANA) -- The Belgian Foundation for the Promotion of African Art (Africalia) will meet 18 December to take stock of activities in the year ending and contemplate projects for 2003, sources at the Foundation told PANA Saturday in Brussels. Full text...

  • 9th International Casablanca Book Fair 9-15 December
    05 december 2002 08:04:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- The 9th Casablanca International Publication and Book Fair has been fixed for 9-15 December in the Moroccan city, organisers said. Full text...

  • UNESCO chief to visit Burundi
    03 december 2002 22:21:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- UNESCO Director-General Koichiro Matsuura starts a two-day working visit to Burundi on Wednesday being part of his tour of the Great Lakes region. Full text...

  • Congo hosts Central African crafts and fashion fair
    02 december 2002 16:14:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- The maiden edition of a Central African crafts and fashion fair (SAMA 2002) opened Sunday in Brazzaville at the Alphonse Massamba-Debat Stadium. Full text...

  • Benin village to host International movie festival
    30 november 2002 20:32:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Ouidah, a former slave trading post, some 40-km from Cotonou, will 8-19 January 2003, host an International movie festival, organisers said in the Benin commercial capital. Full text...

  • Benin's Imonle, wins best prize at Yaounde drama festival
    30 november 2002 18:53:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Imonle, a play by Benin theatre company Agbo Nkoko, won the best prize at the just-ended Cameroon's International drama festival (RETIC), company officials said in Cotonou Saturday. Full text...

  • Ivorian reggae star Alpha Blondy performs in Cotonou
    29 november 2002 19:01:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Ivorian music star Alpha Blondy is to stage a big concert in Cotonou, Benin Saturday, organisers announced Friday. Full text...

  • Senegal hosts Africa Fête festival 2002 next month
    29 november 2002 07:58:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Senegal is set to host the second edition of the International Festival of African Music, dubbed Africa Fête, 11-15 December, according to organisers of the continental event. Full text...

  • Four African writers to take part in 'Doors of Africa' tour
    28 november 2002 21:43:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Four African writers will take part in the "Portes d'Afrique" (Doors of Africa) tour aimed at giving "positive image" of the continent through a nine-month sea journey, organisers told PANA. Full text...

  • Benin's Slave Route project to be made UNESCO heritage
    26 november 2002 22:40:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Benin's "La Route de l'Esclave" (Slave Route), a project meant to follow the road taken by the country's slaves from their villages to their final destinations, is set to be designated as a UNESCO world heritage, Olabiyi Yai, a Benin ambassador to UNESCO, said in Cotonou. Full text...

  • Play about 'Senegalese infantrymen' a hit in France
    23 november 2002 19:32:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- The play "Histoire de soldats ou le masque boiteux" (Soldiers' story or the lame mask), by an Ivorian film director, is currently thriller in France. Full text...

  • Congolese, Gabonese artists win BEAC contest
    22 november 2002 16:08:00
    Libreville- Gabon (PANA) -- Congolese Georges Wabi and Gabonese Icar Mouloumba have respectively won the painting and sculpture contest organised by the Central African States Bank (BEAC) on the occasion of its 30th anniversary which ended Friday. Full text...

  • Muslim protests spill over to Nigeria's federal capital
    22 november 2002 15:45:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- Muslims in Nigeria's federal capital city of Abuja spilled onto the streets after the Jumat prayers in the city's central mosque Friday, signalling fears that the protests which started in the northern city of Kaduna Wednesday may be spreading. Full text...

  • Relics of 'rebel slaves' discovered in Mauritius
    19 november 2002 18:06:00
    Saint Denis- Reunion (PANA) -- A research team from the Mauritian National Heritage Trust (NHT) has confirmed relics of African slaves or so-called "maroons," who revolted against their fate in the 18th and 19th centuries. Full text...

  • African writers pay tribute to Senghor and Bebey
    18 november 2002 19:50:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- The second edition of Fest'Africa, the African writers' festival, ended Sunday in Lille, north France, with a tribute to two leading African poets who died last year. Full text...

  • Cheb Mami wins second world music award
    17 november 2002 18:01:00
    Algiers- Algeria (PANA) -- Algerian rai singer Cheb Mami has won the world Music Awardas the best Arabic language vocalist and the best disc seller in the Arab world. Full text...

  • 11th Cameroon Theatre festival opens Monday
    16 november 2002 20:58:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- Sixteen countries are to take part in the 11th edition of Cameroon's International Theatre Festival (RETIC), starting Monday through 25 November in Yaounde, the organisers said. Full text...

  • UNESCO celebrates 30th anniversary of World Heritage Convention
    15 november 2002 19:17:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Some 500 heritage experts, as well as political and business leaders are gathered in Venice, Italy, for an international Congress organised by UNESCO to mark the 30th anniversary of the Convention on the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage. Full text...

  • Burkina Faso to hold street arts festival
    14 november 2002 22:28:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- Burkina Faso's third edition of the Street Arts Festival (FAR) will be held from 21 to 24 November in Ouagadougou, with strong participation expected from local and foreign artists, organisers told PANA Thursday. Full text...

  • Cameroon's story telling festival kicks off
    13 november 2002 23:02:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- The third edition of Cameroon's story telling festival, "Les Moments Contes," opened Wednesday in Yaounde with the participation of 10 groups from seven African countries, the organisers have said. Full text...

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